Donald Hepburn began his 40-year career in the international oil industry in 1956 as an engineer at the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO). In 1977 he served as the Refinery General Manager and two years later Vice President for BAPCO Bahrain. In 1981, Mr. Hepburn became Chief Executive of the new CALTEX-Bahrain Government refinery joint venture, the position he held until his retirement in 1996.
Mr. Hepburn was active in a variety of local Bahraini community affairs — Board Chairman, American K-12 International School (BISA); Chairman, American Mission Hospital; Member/President, Rotary Club; Founding Member, Bahrain Branch, Mission to Seamen; Member, US Embassy Advisory Committee; Deacon, Reformed Church of Bahrain; Leader, Bahrain Bible Society; Fellow and Life Member, Bahrain Society of Engineers; Member Toastmasters, Hockey, Golf and Softball Clubs.
Following his retirement, Mr. Hepburn prepared a plan for the long-term development of the industrial sector of Bahrain’s national economy to lessen the dependence of the national economy on the oil and gas industry and to create more productive private sector jobs for young unemployed Bahrainis. Later, His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman AL Khalifa awarded him the ‘Order Of Bahrain’ in recognition of his service to the people of Bahrain. Hepburn also received the ‘Distinguished Service Award’ from the U.S. Embassy for support of the US Mission in Bahrain and the Desert Storm Medal for support of US forces during the Gulf War.